The German weekly magazine Focus claims to have new information over the extent of the spying carried out by the NSA against other countries, and especially against Germany but, perhaps, with the German BND. In a recent report they say that files from the East German Secret Service recovered in 1992 show that such actions were in force long before the events of 2001 at the World Trade Center, recently used as an excuse for the increased level of spying. Included in such spying activities were targets such as the German company Siemens.
The year 1992, however, is not to be taken as the beginning. The files were recovered following the reunification of East Germany with West Germany, which makes the activities of the NSA much older and not, as they claim, merely to prevent terrorist activities over the last decade or so.
- Viktoria Michaelis.